Guildford Cathedral | Heritage Open Days | Friday 10 to Sunday 19 September
Guildford Cathedral events for Heritage Open Days
2021 is the Diamond Anniversary Year for the Cathedral when we celebrate 60 years since the
building was consecrated as a Cathedral.
To link with our jubilee celebrations, our Heritage Open Days will run from Friday 10 September to
Sunday 19 September. There is something for everyone from tours, talks and a treasure hunt
– something to suit all the family! And they are all free as part of this celebration of Heritage.
Dean of Guildford Cathedral Dianna Gwilliams:
‘We are delighted to be part of Heritage Open Days to celebrate not only ours but also England’s
history and culture. Heritage Open Days is a key part of our year of events and especially in this our
Diamond Anniversary year. We truly have something for everyone this year, whether they are 5 or
95. You can keep your feet on the ground with our fantastic heritage talks, family activities, tours
and the launch of our fabulous new exhibition celebrating 60 years of the Cathedral. For the more
adventurous there are tower tours and a new crypt tour. We’re sure everyone will find something
of interest to see and do and we look forward welcoming all through our doors’.
Friday 10 September | Literature Day.
Writers and historians, Julliet Dunmur, David Rose and Geoff Burch join us for a series of Heritage
Talks on a range of fascinating subjects. Each talk will be followed by a question session and a book
signing, and books will be available to buy on the day
11am | Dave Salmon – A Man and his Camera by Geoff Burch and David Rose
Dave Salmon was a Guildford man who took photos of just about everything: local street scenes,
trains, aircraft, buses, Guildford City Football Club, people and events, and more. This illustrated talk
is a nostalgic trip back in time to see Guildford as it used to be while giving lots of details about this
well-known local character.
1pm | Juliet Dunmur – The Architect and his Wife
A tale of an early power couple of impact and influence.
Edward Maufe, architect of Guildford Cathedral, spent his early years in Yorkshire, followed by his
family’s move to William Morris’ Red House, which exposed him to different styles of art and
architecture. His wife Prudence, who later became a director of Heal & Son, had a very different
privileged upbringing, looking at art, travelling and having fun. She was extremely attractive, with long
golden hair, and delighted in attracting young men, but was less good at relinquishing them. This is
the story of an unconventional pair who worked as an early example of a ‘power couple’, told by
3pm | Bottles and Bygones by David Rose
David’s illustrated talk is based around items our forebears would have filled their shopping baskets
with. Hear why they loved drinking ginger beer from stoneware bottles and how they cleaned their
teeth with a paste that was packaged in a ceramic dish with an attractive lid. Medicines came in
bottles of all shapes and sizes, cream was sold in delightful jugs, and ink for writing was sold in small
coloured glass bottles. Items featured will include plenty from long-gone Guildford breweries,
mineral water firms, dairies and chemists. David will also be displaying some of the items from his
Saturday 11 and Saturday 18 September
Tours of the crypt, the tower and the Cathedral at ground level.
For the more adventurous we have tours of the crypt and the tower. The crypt tours are new, after the success of the preview tours in 2021. They take you through the underbelly of the Cathedral, and it’s not the traditional crypt you will see in most Cathedrals!
The Tower Tours are one of our most popular tours. Climb the 249 steps to the top of the tower
with one of our guides. You will have the chance to explore the hidden spaces of the Cathedral,
including the bell ringing room and the bell chamber. Knowledgeable and informative guides will lead
the way – you will definitely learn something new.
Booking is essential, via the Cathedral Website Box Office. These tours as spaces are
limited, don’t be disappointed!
Visitors are also welcome to explore the Cathedral using our range of tour leaflets. Choose from
seven options including Sculpture, Textiles and Pilgrimage.
Saturday Morning 18 September
Family focused Heritage Activity morning, and all through the week there will be a diamond treasure
hunt in the building. How many diamonds will you see?
Join us for talks on our famous kneelers, items from our Treasury and other fun activities including
brass rubbing. Talk times are fixed but you can attend any time before or after the talk to
experience the other activities, and it’s not necessary to join a talk if you just want to explore the
Cathedral and the activities on offer. Come and help us celebrate our Diamond Anniversary and our
Treasury talk: 10.15am, 11am | Kneeler talk: 10.30am, 11.15am
Throughout the whole period there will be a heritage exhibition as a celebration of our 60 years.